Title: Two Babushkas: How My Grandmothers Survived ...
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Very Good condition 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover in Fine condition dust jacket *SIGNED* by the author, well-known Russian journalist Masha Gessen, on the title page without inscription, at a signing event in Los Angeles. In recent years, Gessen has published a number of very fine books about Vladimir Putin (The Man Without a Face) and the punk rock protest group, Pussy Riot (Words Will Break Cement) among other topics. "I loved this saga of two fascinating Russian-Jewish women making ends meet, making love, making homes, making agonizing compromises in the most terrible times of the twentieth century--and much is in the telling: witty, colourful, tragic, seething with life and character, it is a little classic of storytelling." -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Czar. This copy has a couple of minor flaws: two upper corners that are lightly bumped and some white speckles on the right edges of the front and back covers. All else is in Fine condition inside and out. The dust jacket has been placed in a clear mylar protective sleeve--probably when the book was purchased--and is in flawless As-New condition. We will pack the book in bubble-wrap and will ship it in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery. Bookseller Inventory # ABH162
Synopsis: Journalist Masha Gessen's last memory of Russia was the crowd of red-eyed relatives gathered at the airport in Moscow in 1981 to wave goodbye forever to her 14-year-old self, her brother and her parents. Unwilling to have their children grow up bearing the weight of the same anti-Semitism that they and their parents had, Masha's mother and father were emigrating to America. But Russia was Masha's home and 10 years later she returned to a changed country, and to her two grandmothers. With intelligence and humour Masha Gessen unfolds the tale of these two women: both Eastern European Jews who lived through Polish and Russian anti-Semitism, the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the Stalin years and who bore unceasing intimidation and fear in very different ways but with similar courage, resourcefulness and sheer chutzpah. As Masha traces the characters, struggles, love affairs and families of Ester, confident and reckless, and Rosalia, sensitive and responsible, the story of twentieth-century Russia and its people, the Jews, their friends and their enemies, emerges. And so does Masha Gessen's own story, itself a modern myth of exile and return.
About the Author: Masha Gessen is the Russian correspondent for US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT. She has been a contributor to GRANTA and is the author of DEAD AGAIN: THE RUSSIAN INTELLIGENTSIA AFTER COMMUNISM. She lives in Moscow.
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